Less that 24 hours to the conduct of House of Representatives by-election in Lokoja/Kotonkarfe constituency, the Kogi State governor, Yahaya Bello, has raised an alarm over the influx of political thugs allegedly imported by the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) to disrupt the exercise.
Bello, who specifically pointed accuse fingers to two ex-governors of the State, Alhaji Ibrahim Idris, popularly known as Ibro and Captain Idris Wada of spearheading the agenda said any attempt to truncate peace in the state will be resisted.
A statement by the Senior Special Assistant to the Governor on New Media, Odaudu Joel Minister, said the political thugs were recruited from Toto in Nassarawa State, Bayelsa State, and other parts of the Niger Delta.
He advised the public, especially Kogi citizens within the constituency to be security conscious and report unusual migration or movement of unfamiliar faces within their territories to security agents who are already on the watch.
The statement reads: “The attention of Kogi State Government has been drawn to an ugly development where some desperate elements of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) have imported thugs from Toto in Nassarawa State, Bayelsa State, and other parts of the Niger Delta into Kogi State to disrupt the Lokoja/Kotonkarfe House of Representatives by-election scheduled to hold tomorrow Saturday, 11th August, 2018.
“Former Governors Ibrahim Idris (Ibro) and Captain Idris Wada are spearheads of this nefarious agenda. The Kogi State Government vehemently condemn this evil agenda in its entirety.
“We understand from our deliberate social reforms that if such acts are allowed, it will take our democratic calendar back by centuries.
“We hereby call on all lovers of democracy, friends of Kogi State Government, indigenes of progressive mindset and security agencies to stay alert to their antics.
“We are putting all mechanisms in place from our end to ensure the entire process is peaceful and orderly and safe for every voter to exercise their franchise.
“The general public is hereby notified to be security conscious and report unusual migration or movement of unfamiliar faces within their territories to the dispatch of security agents who are already on the watch,” he said.
But our correspondent has not been able to get reactions from the two former governors as calls put across to their mobile phones did not connect as at 7:10pm this report was being filed.